by Robyn Carr
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Women's Fiction
Publication Date: September 27th 2016 by MIRA Books
Format: ARC, Paperback
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In the aftermath of her financier husband's suicide, Emma Shay Compton's dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients' life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband's crimes. She is left with nothing.
Only one friend stands by her, a friend she's known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn't easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too. And people she'd rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan.
Riley and Emma were like sisters—until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship. Emma left town, planning to never look back. Now, trying to stand on her own two feet, Emma can't escape her husband's reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she'd ever ask for help—her former best friend. It's an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they've made over the years. Only if they find a way to forgive each other—and themselves—can each of them find the life she wants.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Emma’s husband has been found guilty of stealing from his clients. He realized he would lose it all so he killed himself. Now, Emma has to live with the crimes her dead husband committed. She has nothing so the little she has left, she takes to the town where she grew up to start over. Even in her town, people accuse her of having money stored away that belonged to the clients. In search of a job, she reconnects with her former best friend’s brother and realizes there’s something more that could happen between them. He’s the one to suggests Emma ask for a job at Riley’s, the former best friend, cleaning company. They are both holding grudges of something that happened years ago and aren’t sure they can move past it.
What got me to pick this book up was the talk of friendship between Emma and Riley. I was eager to read about how they would patch things up so they could move forward. What saddens me is that there wasn’t much development in this area. I was expecting them to spend time together so they could move forward. That didn’t exactly happen. The few times they spent time together it was because of work. I didn’t feel a real connection of friendship between them when the story ended.
Another thing I didn’t like was how there was no explanation for Emma’s step-mother’s hatred towards her. I was waiting for an explanation of sorts to understand this hatred and I got none. I could only assume it was because Emma’s dad gave Emma more attention or something similar to that. The story never explained this part so I was left very confused.
What I did like about the story was the romance, Riley’s mom, and Emma’s friendship with Lyle. The romance was cute and it was good to see Emma falling for someone, especially someone she knew very well. Riley’s mom is a character on her own that had me smiling a lot. She cares deeply for those she knows, especially Emma. She never pointed a finger at Emma. On the contrary, she invited her into her home so they could reconnect. You see, Riley’s mom was like a mom to Emma so it was good to see that Emma still had people who cared for her. Lyle was one of those people. He was the breath of fresh air that this book needed. The few times he made appearances would also have me smiling. He’s definitely there for Emma, even when his boyfriend doesn’t trust her. He just knew in his heart that Emma wouldn’t be a part of the crimes that her dead husband was involved in so he helped her out in everything she needed.
I actually did enjoy the story, despite my qualms with it. I just wish it had been fleshed out more and focused on the important aspect of the story, which was the friendship. Overall, The Life She Wants is a nice Women’s Fiction novel that I think lovers of this genre will enjoy.
There will be a giveaway on my Instagram page (@lattenightsbooks) for The Life She Wants (it has deckled pages!)! Be sure to stop by after 3:00 PM EDT to enter!
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